Bond with your baby, have fun trying new activities and meet other mamas with our guide to fab baby playgroups in Singapore!
Whether you want to spend some quality time with your baby or are keen to start their education at a young age, checking out a playgroup is your best bet – because who said enrichment classes were just for big kids? While the newborn phase can definitely feel like a bit of a sleep-deprived blur at times, soon enough you’ll be itching to get out of the house and do something more than just stare at your adorable munchkin sleeping or roll around on a play mat.
From music and movement baby classes (even newborns like listening to songs!) to swimming and messy play, there are heaps out there to stimulate babies in a nurturing, age-appropriate manner. We’ve included parent- and caretaker-accompanied playgroups, as well as drop-off infant care facilities for working parents to cover the full range of possibilities out there!
Lucy Sparkles & Friends
Playgroup for: Newborns and up
Lucy Sparkles & Friends provides outstanding Drama, Music and Dance classes and parties for young children living in Singapore, Australia, England and Italy. They offer private classes for pre-schools and for small groups in homes, as well as public classes all over Singapore! Lessons are fun and educational, and are linked to the UK government’s EYFS practice guidelines while employing both Kodály and Dalcroze principles. Whilst no two lessons are the same, Lucy Sparkles & Friends applies the same fun, thoughtful and tested structure to each weekly playgroup session in order to establish a comfortable and friendly environment for children. The playgroup sessions help them develop their musical, physical, emotional and intellectual skills through live guitar, ukulele or keyboard, acapella singing games, action songs, rhymes, parachute play, puppets, listening and moving to live and recorded music and by playing along on percussion instruments. All of their music teachers are professional musicians who play real instruments and have a passion for working with children in their early years.
Sign up for a trial package for 2 classes at any venue for $28!
Lucy Sparkles & Friends, multiple locations, www.lucysparkles.com.sg/music-classes
Playgroup for: Newborn and up
Bring the joy of music to your little ones! Creative Hearts runs programmes such as Musical Bubs (0-8 months) and Musical Babies (6-18 months) that are perfect for parents to bond with their babies while exposing them to music and movement. You and your babies will get to move and groove to interactive songs, jam out with percussion instruments, and take part in creative movement activities! If you’re looking to introduce a second language to your bubs, try the Bilingual Bubs Playgroup (12-30 months). The playgroup integrates English and Mandarin into its sensory play, art and craft, and story time activities. We know that raising a baby isn’t an easy feat – but you don’t have to do it alone! Calling all new mamas: check out the New Mums Music Circle – a great way to meet other mums with babies around the same age, while the babies themselves get to enjoy the music and experimental sensory experiences. Keep a look out for their other exciting programmes such as Experimental Music for Babies, Disney & Broadway concerts for babies, and CH@Home classes! Trial lessons start from $18.
Creative Hearts, 2 Pandan Valley #01-200, Singapore 597626, Tel: (+65) 8767 9761, www.creativehearts.as.me
Playgroup for: 2 months to 2 years
Les Oliviers’s Montessori, You & Me is an accompanied programme that welcomes babies and their caregivers to discover Montessori philosophy. Run by a Montessori-trained educator, the programme’s main goal is to provide little ones with a safe, beautiful and prepared environment. During playgroup hours, they’ll work with Montessori materials that aid in developing their fine and gross motor skills, concentration and curiosity. The caregiver – be it you or your helper – will get to spend quality time with bub, observe them in a state of development and see the approach at work first-hand.
Les Oliviers, 66 Namly Place, Singapore 267211, Tel (+65) 9145 3656, www.oliviers-french-montessori.com
Playgroup for: 18 months to 4 years
Tucked away in a garden setting, Little Bunnies is a green-thinking and doing preschool that provides little ones with experiential learning in a natural, aircon-free environment. The preschool does away with the traditional classroom setting; instead, children spend an hour outside each in the garden, trying out various activities such as nature trails and gardening to watercolour painting and playing in the outdoor kitchen. There are even woven bamboo houses for imaginary play, a small pond with fish and tadpoles and plenty of grass for games and simply having fun. These baby classes allow children to hone their creativity and thrive, as they’ll enjoy communal painting and model-making while working through numerous sensory tubs that also shape their fine motor skills. What’s even better? Little Bunnies has a very low carbon footprint and is extremely connected to nature, making it a great starting point for kids to understand their impact on the environment.
Little Bunnies, 21 Media Circle, #01-08, Infinite Studios, Singapore 138562, Tel: (+65) 9759 8990, www.little-bunnies.com
Mosaic Play Academy
Playgroup for: 16 to 24 months & 2 to 3 years
Mosaic Play Academy offers a parent-accompanied playgroup for 16-24mths (Mon, Wed, Fri, 8.30am – 10.30am) and a drop-off playgroup for 2-3 year-olds (Mon – Fri, 9 – 11am. Tue & Thu sessions in Mandarin). The curriculum is centred around the development of the whole child using a multi-sensory approach. Little ones will have a huge amount of fun learning through hands-on, exploration and play which will foster a love for learning in the process. The curriculum is planned to be explorative in nature, for children to discover, be independent and engage in social interaction. There’s a focus on the environment and kids get to spend time outdoors to foster this appreciation. Children will be engaged in movement, dramatization, open-ended free play and exercising their imagination. For parents who need to work, a caregiver can be present for the tiny tots whilst they book the coworking spaces on L2 so they can work in peace for two hours while their child learns and has fun – what a winning combo! Come 2023, Mosaic Play Academy will also welcome 4-6-year-olds, and will offer afternoon sessions for all playgroups (2-4pm for younger tots / 2-5pm for the drop-off programmes).
Mosaic Play Academy, 402 Joo Chiat Place Singapore 428082, Tel: (+65) 8031 2371, www.mosaicplayacademy.sg
The Music Scientist
Playgroup for: 4 months to 8 years
At The Music Scientist, activities are entertaining and engaging not only for the children but for parents as well! Its fun-filled programme has different age-appropriate creative, thematic activities that change every month, which keeps kiddos excited and coming back for more. The programme incorporates Music and Sensory/Science activities and serves as a great bonding opportunity with your little one. Additionally, it helps build their confidence, develop musicality and motor skills, boost brain development through the stimulation of their multiple senses, cultivate curiosity and improve their attention span and social skills. Learning is always fun at The Music Scientist!
The Music Scientist, 300 Tampines Ave 5, NTUC Income Tampines Junction, #06-03, Singapore 529653, Tel: (+65) 6909 6350, www.themusicscientist.com
Playgroup for: 6 months to 3 years old
Looking for a play gym where your little one can meet new friends and grow in confidence? How about a bilingual playgroup where your child can be exposed to both English and Chinese? The holistic programme at Special Learners Gym and Art Preschool, specially curated by a professional occupation therapist, uses purposeful and sensory play to stimulate your child’s brain development and at the same time hone their physical coordination skills. The gym and imaginative play area is fully equipped for little learners to enjoy learning and build up their social confidence to be ready for pre-school. Lessons are available in English and Chinese making this class a great one for parents who want to help their kids become bilingual from a young age. Special Learners believe that every child is unique and special in their own learning – their goal is to inspire children’s innate desire to learn and harness their curiosity for learning. Call for a trial session at $35 for an hour.
Special Learners, Tel: (+65) 89273536, Blk 450 Clementi Avenue 3, #01-293 (back entrance, 2nd floor), IG:Special_learners_preschool
Playgroup for: 6 to 35 months
Aqua Bambinos offers indoor swimming lessons (in 30ºC water no less!) for little ones from 6 to 35 months of age. Songs, toys and a healthy dose of fun are used in their parent-accompanied classes, where teachers focus on helping parents teach their babies about water safety and familiarisation. There are even baby changing facilities and a child-friendly waiting area to keep wee ones busy while they wait for their swim lesson!
AquaBambinos,two locations, Serangoon Gardens / Piccadilly www.aquabambinos.com.sg
Playgroup for: 6 to 36 months
Introduce your tinies to the water with an AquaDucks parent-accompanied swim lesson. For babies from 6 months of age, their infant programme teaches little ones how to be comfortable in the water through playing games, singing songs and having fun! Light submersion is also practised once your baby is ready.
Aquaducks, multiple locations, www.aquaducks.com.sg/swimming-programmes/babies-toddlers
Beloved Bumps Playgroups for Babies
Playgroup for: Newborn to 12 months
Beloved Bumps does some fab postnatal courses that are great for mamas with newborns! The Mum & Dad Playgroups provide a safe space for new mums and dads to meet other parents and babies going through the same thing at the same time. It’s a great way to practice getting out of the house with the baby on your own and know that help is at the other end! Playgroups are led by a midwife, with scales available on hand to weigh babies. Meet other parents and babies and find your own support network!
Beloved Bumps,46 Kim Yam Road, #03-05, The Herencia, Singapore 239351, belovedbumps.sg/class/postnatal-course
Playgroup for: 6 months to 17 months
Specialising in bilingual and Chinese education, BibiNogs’ playground programme caters to young children in particular – with parent-accompanied playgroups starting from just 6 months. With a curriculum inspired by Multiple Intelligences Theory, each class incorporates various “intelligences”, including movement, music, linguistic, math and more. Following enrichment classes, full preschool options are available as well.
BibiNogs,multiple locations, www.bibinogs.com
Blue House Nursery & International Preschool
Playgroup for: 6 to 36 months
With a wide range of parent-accompanied playgroups, classes and drop-in sessions for children 6 to 36 months, Blue House is hands-down one of our very favourite playgroups for magical, enriching bonding time with your bubs. The absolutely stunning Atelier (far more soothing than garish and over-stimulating) provides little ones with interactive, sensory-driven experiences, whether through storytelling, songs, musical instruments, or the creative use of materials and textures (we’ll never forget the look of wonder on our one-year-old’s face when she saw feathers shooting up into the air, or her giggles when she got to crawl around in corn starch goop!).
Blue House Nursery & International Preschool Turf City,2 Turf Club Rd, Singapore 287988, Tel: (+65) 6462 6547, www.bluehouseatelier.com
Centre Stage School of the Arts Playgroups
Playgroup for: 6 to 18 months
This fun-filled performing arts centre has a bunch of programmes perfect for tiny tots with energy to burn! Baby Stage creative playgroups provide an opportunity for parents and caretakers to interact and learn with their youngsters in a stimulating environment, while their super popular Play Stage programme (1.5 – 3.5-year-olds) provides a fun and imaginative space for parents and toddlers to learn through drama, art and craft, music and movement, singing and wordplay. There are even ballet and tap classes for kids (from 2 years of age).
CentreStage School of the Arts, Block 15 Woking Road, Wessex Estate, Singapore 138694, Tel: (+65) 6732 7211, www.centre-stage.com
The Early Brain Academy
Playgroup for: Newborn to 4 years
The Blooming Joy class at The Early Brain Academy (for expectant parents through 3 months of age) is all about providing sensory stimulation, and also shows parents how to create a home environment that enhances and enriches brain development to foster physical and intellectual growth.
The Early Brain Academy, 37 Jalan Pemimpin, MAPEX #03-08, Singapore 577177, theearlybrainacademy.com
Invictus International Preschool Playgroups
Playgroup for: 6 months to 2.5 years
Invictus International Preschool (recently rebranded from White Lodge) runs a Parent and Child Programme with activities like circle time, music and movement, art, and both sensory and outdoor play. Each 90-minute session is planned and run by an experienced facilitator, allowing babies an early chance to flex their social skills, and giving parents the opportunity to meet up as well! We love that these sessions are also open to helpers and other caregivers, and it’s a fab way to start getting little ones familiar with a preschool setting.
Invictus International Preschool Playgroups, invictus.preschool.edu.sg
Joy Connections Meiyu Singapore Mandarin Playgroups
Playgroup for: 6 months to 7 years old
Taiwan’s top Mandarin early childhood program is now in Singapore! This award-winning Mandarin syllabus caters to kids 6 months to 7 years old. Kids will learn the language through music, movement, sensory activities and creative play, supplemented with high-quality songbooks and recordings available in their own mobile app to continue the language exposure at home. From 4 years old onwards, little ones are offered a specialisation in language streams (primary school preparation, including Hanyu Pinyin) or the chance to try the first-ever Mandarin immersion group piano classes in Singapore.
Joy Connections, multiple locations, www.joyconnections.com.sg
Julia Gabriel PlayNest
Playgroup for: 6 to 18 months
This is where little ones can first discover the joy of learning in a safe, clean environment, developing social skills through meaningful interactions with caretakers, teachers and even puppets! With a specially-created Story Time and Music Time series, babies can stimulate their imagination and sense of wonder, while they build sensory abilities through arts and crafts and other hands-on discovery activities.
Julia Gabriel, multiple locations, www.juliagabriel.com
Playgroup for: 18 months and up
With an East Coast location, the brilliant Early Childhood programmes at this popular music school employ a multi-sensory approach that involves singing, playing, moving, listening and watching. At such an early age it’s all about giving babies and toddlers the confidence to experiment, improvise and create their own music. Suitable for babies as young as newborns, the Junior Discovery programme is based on the Suzuki ECE and Suzuki Method, utilizing everything from nursery rhymes to singing and percussion playing (might take your bub a few months to get a handle on that part of things!). Along the way, children not only hone their musical acumen, but gain social skills and improve coordination, memory, concentration, language, creativity, self-confidence, and physical composure!
Juzmusic Academy, Marine Parade Central, #09-04, Parkway Centre, Singapore 449408, www.juzmusic.com
Playgroup for: Newborn to 18 months
The welcoming environment at the Kindermusik Village is perfect for new babies. Parent-accompanied playgroup classes start from birth and instil a love of music in little ones. Classes are hands-on and designed to promote bonding with your babe — expect creative movement, vocal play, object and instrument exploration in each class. Toddlers from 18 months of age can join one of their Our Time classes and learn music through song, sound imitation, rhyming and creative dancing.
Kindermusik, multiple locations, www.kindermusikwithlovestudios.com.sg
The Little Gym
Playgroup for: 4 months and up
The Little Gym has got you covered with learning activities for the energetic babes! Their parent-accompanied developmental gymnastics class for babies from 4 months of age promotes movement and motor development with plenty of songs, ball play and group games – it’s all about having fun while learning here!
The Little Gym, multiple locations, www.thelittlegym.com.sg
Little Paddington Preschool and Infant Care Playgroups
Playgroup for: 2 to 18 months
Perfect for working mamas, this highly specialised bilingual programme for infants at Little Paddington’s two beautiful Infant Care facilities has a low staff-child ratio to ensure plenty of individual attention. Along the way, educators encourage language and sensorial development, and babies get plenty of play at both the beautiful indoor gym and the lovely outdoor playground. And did we mention the petting zoo, water play and dedicated picnic spots?!
Little Paddington, multiple locations, www.littlepaddington.com
Marsden Swim School
Playgroup for: 6 months and up
One of the oldest and most reputable swim schools in Singapore, Marsden is highly sought-after by parents because the AUSTSWIM instructors do a great job motivating the kids at all levels — classes are small and the teachers are first-rate! The playgroups are all about getting little ones comfortable in the water through songs, games, and gentle splashing. Our own little ones adored their classes at Marsden and haven’t wanted to get out of the water since!
Marsden Swim School, 200 Turf Club Road, #01-33 Turf City, Singapore 287994, Tel: (+65) 9665 0328, www.marsdenswimschool.com
Mother & Child
Playgroup for: Newborn and up
Practically a must-visit for parents-to-be and new mamas, Mother & Child offers all sorts of prenatal classes, newborn parenting classes, and drop-in well-baby clinics at its Tanglin location. You’ll also find first aid and infant massage classes for parents, helpers, and babies; yoga for pregnant women and new mamas; and postnatal classes for mamas and babies! And we haven’t even mentioned their legendary lactation specialists!
Mother & Child, 163 Tanglin Road #03-11, Singapore 247933, Tel: (+65) 6836 0063, www.motherandchild.com.sg
Mucky Pups Playgroups
Playgroup for: Babies 6-14 months & toddlers aged 1-3
This weekly 45-minute accompanied playgroup (parents and helpers both welcome!) is a super-fun creative outlet for little ones, with everything from circle time, to singing, dancing, storytime, games, and lots of awesome art projects. These playgroups with sensory and messy play are great for exploratory learning with bubbles, songs, and music. Conveniently held at different indoor playgrounds around Singapore, each session has a different theme. Mucky Pups is led by a former preschool teacher and trained artist. We love that the first class is at an affordable trial price and reasonably priced at about $30 per class thereafter (with no long-term commitment; just pay as you go)!
Mucky Pups, Tel: (+65) 9006 4216, www.facebook.com/muckypupstoddlers
Playgroup for: Newborn and up
In these parent-accompanied classes, mamas and papas (and helpers) gently introduce babies to music and movement through exercises, songs, dances, infant-safe rides and even unique swings. This unique playgroup for the littlest MyGym students even includes a parent discussion with tips on babies’ physical development. Bonus points for super-enthusiastic teachers whom kiddos seem to universally adore.
My Gym, multiple locations, www.mygym.com.sg
Our Music Studio
Playgroup for: Newborn to 3 years
Musical Babes (0-1.5 years) and Rhythmic Tots (1.5-3 years) classes for mini musicians teach small ones about music through vocal play, creative movement and instrument exploration. Classes have plenty of time for dancing, singing and giggling and are a lovely way for mama and bubba to spend some quality time together learning about music.
Our Music Studio, 163 Tanglin Road, #03-11B Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933, Tel: (+65) 6467 1789, www.ourmusicstudio.com.sg
Sunflower Baby House & Preschool
Playgroup for: 2 months and up
Geared toward providing a safe, loving, stimulating, and emotionally nurturing environment for babies from 2 months onwards, Sunflower Baby House infant care allows littles to explore and discover with daily activities like both indoor and outdoor play, creative arts, sand and water play, music & movement, and rhymes and songs.
Sunflower Baby House & Preschool, 200 Turf Club Road, #04-01 & 07/08 The Grandstand, Singapore 287994, www.sunflowerbabyhouse.com
Playgroup for: 4 months and up
With two beautiful, purpose-built swimming pools (one indoor, one outdoor) in the lush surrounds of Dempsey Hill, SWISH offers babies and children a temperature-controlled, salt-chlorinated environment that is gentler on hair, skin and eyes. Parents and caregivers accompany little ones in the water through games, songs, and gentle activities that get bubs comfortable with the water and basics like putting their face underwater, blowing bubbles, and floating on their backs. Ultimately, babies are able to explore the water and extend their abilities en route to becoming competent, safety-conscious little swimmers!
SWISH Swimming, 72 Loewen Road #01-08, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 248848, (+65) 9832 2522, www.swishswimming.com
Integrated International School Tea & Tots [Currently on hold due to Covid-19]
Playgroup for: 8 to 18 months
Tea & Tots really takes playgroups to the next level with 75-minute sessions that are more structured than a typical play date at home. Circle time, magical stories, sensorial play, music & movement, and arts & crafts are all thoughtfully built into the adult-accompanied playgroup. Time will fly by as your wee ones get to safely exercise all their senses, including squishing little hands into sensory materials like paint, sand, clay and fabric, as well as looking at shimmering images, sorting through colourful shapes and listening to soothing music in the one-of-a-kind Ocean Snoezelen Room – a unique sensory room in Singapore. So that’s the tots sorted; as for the tea, caretakers are welcome to mingle and get play tips from teachers over energizing tea and biscuits!
Integrated International School, 41 Sunset Way, #01-01 Clementi Arcade, Singapore 597071, www.iis.edu.sg